GERROA'S Sally Fitzgibbons has gone within a whisker of making it back-to-back wins in the final round of the 2013 ASL Women's World Tour surfing competition after finishing as runner-up to Carissa Moore at Guincho Beach last week.
After ending fellow Aussie Tyler Wright's challenge for the world crown earlier in the day with a win in the quarter-finals, Fitzgibbons downed Coco Ho in the semis to qualify for the final against the new world champion.
But surfing conditions waned and the final turned out to be a real struggle for both Moore and Fitzgibbons, with Moore winning the final 10.44 to 9.70.
Fitzgibbons, perennial threat to the ASP Women's World Title, played a vital role in this season's end-game, eliminating Wright before making her way to the podium.
"Big day for women's sport and a big finish to the season," Fitzgibbons said.
"Shame the conditions deteriorated for the final, but congrats to Carissa - she has been really impressive all year. Very happy with a strong finish to the year and I'm looking forward to next season with the huge commitment to women's surfing from the ASP.
"It's exciting times ahead."
Moore agreed and paid tribute to Fitzgibbons.
"I was still riding the high of clinching the world title and I think that momentum helped me push through in the end and Sally is such a strong opponent and I knew she was hungry for another win after last week in France," she said.